Spring Thrift Store Decor – how to age terracotta pots

Hi friends!! I hope you are all having a wonderful day!

Today I am so excited to be joining a group of blogging friends for our monthly thrift store challenge. We took a few months off, but are back today with our latest thrifted treasures!

As usual, I waited until the very last moment to head to the thrift store to try to find a treasure to show y’all. When I got there, the shelves were bare! I searched the outdoor section and found a big selection of brand new terracotta pots! I went to grab a cart to fill with these beauties, but when I returned, there were only a few left. I was a little disappointed, but happily grabbed the few that were left on the shelf.

In the past, I have painted and slightly distressed clay pots, but today I wanted a little different look. I started by brushing a thick coat of joint compound onto each pot.

After the pots were mostly dry, I started by adding a little paint.

Then layered a few other colors on (blue, black, gray, and green)

I then put it under a stream of warm water, for just a second, and wiped the remaining color around with a wet paper towel, mixing the paint into the damp joint compound. I kept adding color, joint compound, and wiping away until I got the aged look that I wanted.

A quick coat of clear spray paint and these little cuties were done!

I love the aged look that the joint compound and paint was able to create!

Let’s hop over and check out what everyone is sharing today! Simply click on the pictures below.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!!! I hope you enjoyed all the thrifted goodness that was shared today!

Hope you all have a wonderful day!!


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  1. I love the look you ended up with! I’m totally going to have to try out this technique!

  2. These pots came out so pretty. You are so talented and you photographs are always so gorgeous.

  3. You always have great ideas on making something new look vintage. Thanks for the tutorial, very easy to follow.

  4. Danya - A Vintage Flare Farmhouse

    I love the look of aged terra cotta pots and how easy this method is. They turned out great.

  5. Very pretty. I just shared how I used fertilizer to age terracotta pots.

  6. You know, I’ve been planning to age some pots pretty much the exact same way. with the joint compound and paint, but haven’t gotten to it yet. Your pots turned out absolutely perfect! I love them so much!

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